Changes over Time

- POSTED ON: Dec 05, 2012




Check out McDonald's original prices.

Here are a few food-related-events occuring over a past 50 year period.

1950’s – USDA creates four basic food groups: milk, meat, fruits and vegetables, and breads and cereals.

1954 – Swanson unveils the first TV dinners.

1955 – Ray Kroc opens his first McDonald’s franchise.

1963 – Weight Watchers is incorporated and the first public meeting is held in a loft in Queens.

1967 – Amana introduces the first domestic Radarange microwave oven.

1977 – Portion sizes start to swell. Hamburgers expand by 23% in the next 20 years; a plate of Mexican food gets 27% bigger; soft drinks increase by 52%; snacks (potato chips, pretzels, crackers) grow 60%.

1989 – February is declared National Snack Food Month by the Snack Food Association. A month-long campaign results in a 41% increase in snack food consumption.

1990s – Foods labeled “Low-Fat” and “Lite” hit their stride.

1991 – The World Wide Web is born.

1992 – USDA Food Pyramid is created.

1998 – Olestra, a non-digestible, nutritionless fat substitute is approved by the FDA for use in no-fat snacks.

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On Dec 06, 2012 wrote:
Hi Phyllis, Thank you for that. Kind of makes you wonder what the next 50 years will bring. Will we be all drinking green bubble-up and rainbow stew?What I would like to see. 2013 - Obesity conquered and a thing of the past after abolition of the Snack Food Association.

On Dec 06, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi John. I think that looking at a food timeline is especially interesting for those of us who are over 60.

On Dec 06, 2012 jethro wrote:
I remember when I was kid that the only McDonald's in town looked like the one above. It also had a sign that said "over one million (billion?)hamburgers sold." I cannot recall the exact prices but I remember that I bought a burger, fries and coke, paid with a dollar and got change back. And I was skinny. Those were the days!

On Dec 06, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi Jethro. I remember when my parents took me to the brand new McDonalds. The building was red and white stripes. My parents bought me a burger AND a fry AND a soda, which was quite unusual because my father was VERY frugal, and usually it was only a burger and MAYBE a soda too.

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